WBEZ | Scott Simon http://www.wbez.org/tags/scott-simon Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Tips for your summer BBQ http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-02/morning-shift-tips-your-summer-bbq-108268 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BBQ-Flickr- digital vincent.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Want to know what cuts would be best for your next BBQ? Butcher Bob Levitt lets us know how you can throw the BBQ of your dreams. And NPR host Scott Simon discusses why he decided to tweet about his mother&#39;s final days.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-34.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-34" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Tips for your summer BBQ" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-02/morning-shift-tips-your-summer-bbq-108268 Scott Simon live-tweets his mother's last moments http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/scott-simon-live-tweets-his-mothers-last-moments-108226 <p><p><img alt="Scott Simon, right, with his mother and Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, at the Chicago Cultural Center. (WBEZ/File)" class="image-original_image" height="419" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Scott%20Simon%20his%20mom%20and%20Dave%20Isay%20at%20StoryCorps%20Chicago%20Booth%20Opening.JPG" title="Scott Simon on the right with his mother and Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, at the Chicago Cultural Center. (WBEZ/File)" width="620" /></p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/scott-simon-live-tweets-his-mother-s-last-moments.js?header=none&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/scott-simon-live-tweets-his-mother-s-last-moments" target="_blank">View the story "Scott Simon live-tweets his mother's last moments" on Storify</a>]<h1>Scott Simon live-tweets his mother's last moments</h1><h2>Last week, NPR's Scott Simon broke conventions, and opened his private life to the public in one of the most intimate ways possible: he live-tweeted his mother's final days on Earth. </h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ">WBEZ</a>&middot; Tue, Jul 30 2013 13:26:10</p><div><div><p>Last week, NPR's Scott Simon broke conventions, and opened his private life to the public in one of the most intimate ways possible: he live-tweeted his mother's final days on Earth.</p><div></div></div><div></div><div><br></div>Patricia Simon Newman Gilband&nbsp;passed away Monday in an intensive-care unit in a Chicago hospital.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>Meanwhile on Twitter,&nbsp;Simon's million-plus followers tracked her developments, read Simon's funny and heart wrenching&nbsp;commentary, and watched as a mother and son said goodbye.<br><br>Here are some of those tweets, listed chronologically.&nbsp;</div></div><div>You wake up and realize: you weren't dreaming. It happened. Cry like you couldn't last night.Scott Simon</div><div>The heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage.Scott Simon</div><div>Heart rate dropping. Heart dropping.Scott Simon</div><div>I know end might be near as this is only day of my adulthood I've seen my mother and she hasn't asked, &quot;Why that shirt?&quot;Scott Simon</div><div>The loveli cityscape at the foot of my mother's bed: pic.twitter.com/Bu7AIfLaMsScott Simon</div><div>Mother cries Help Me at 2;30. Been holding her like a baby since. She's asleep now. All I can do is hold on to her.Scott Simon</div><div>I love holding my mother's hand. Haven't held it like this since I was 9. Why did I stop? I thought it unmanly? What crap.Scott Simon</div><div>Was my mother saving this line? My family flies in. My wife &amp; I joke about me sleeping in the ICU (&quot;All the beeps! Can't -Scott Simon</div><div>-you med people keep it down?&quot;) Tell my mother I'll see my wife downstairs, back in 10. Mother says, &quot;Have a quickie!&quot;Scott Simon</div><div>My mother now wakes only to be gracious. &quot;Is Reggie or Don on-duty? They're both such exquisite gentlemen.&quot; (and they are)Scott Simon</div><div>Just spent 45 mins looking for mother' favorite dental floss. Waste of time? Act of faith.Scott Simon</div><div>I just realized: she once had to let me go into the big wide world. Now I have to let her go the same way.Scott Simon</div><div>When my mother woke briefly I sang her My Best Girl. She replied w/ You Are the Sunshine of My Life. Broadway in the ICU.Scott Simon</div><div>By request, my ICU bed. Hermes orange, my mother notes. Note functional nightstand, too: pic.twitter.com/dDMQcOwbJWScott Simon</div><div>I see dawn coming in sky and want to hold it back to keep my mother from what's ahead--to keep my mother, period.Scott Simon</div><div>Mother asks, &quot;Will this go on forever?&quot; She means pain, dread. &quot;No.&quot; She says, &quot;But we'll go on forever. You &amp; me.&quot; Yes.Scott Simon</div><div>I tell my mother, &quot;You'll never stop teaching me.&quot; She said, &quot;Well don't blame me for everything.&quot;Scott Simon</div><div>Mother: what time is it? Me: 6:30. Her: oh let's raise the curtains on the city we love.Scott Simon</div><div>No real sleep tonight. But songs poems memories laughs. My mother: &quot;Thank you God for giving us this night &amp; each other&quot;Scott Simon</div><div>Thanks for all good wishes. Mother says, &quot;We can get through this, baby. The hardest part we'll be for you when it's over&quot;Scott Simon</div><div>Mother can't sleep. We listen to music, her face feels puffy, hot. We talk of much. I say &quot;You need sleep.&quot; &quot;Not really.&quot;Scott Simon</div><div>I consider this a good sign: mother sez when time comes, obit headline should be Three Jewish Husbands, But No Guilt.Scott Simon</div><div>Bought air mattress for ICU floor. Told salesperson &quot;All I know about outdoors is I loath them.&quot; &quot;You looking for Bloomingdales?&quot;Scott Simon</div><div>I am getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?Scott Simon</div></noscript></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/scott-simon-live-tweets-his-mothers-last-moments-108226 Scott Simon speaks http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/scott-simon-speaks-103209 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Scott%20Simon%20Flickr.jpg" title="(Flickr/Alyson Hurt)" /></div><p></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F63798998&show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>These are some of Scott Simon&rsquo;s memories.</p><p>Yes, that Scott Simon, the Scott Simon you listen to as host of <em>Weekend Edition</em> on NPR.</p><p>Yes, that Scott Simon, who will join me later in the show.</p><p>He is a child of Chicago and these are some of his memories:</p><ul><li><strong>On sports</strong>: &quot;I am a fan. Fans don&#39;t get much respect. In literature and pop culture, advertising and conversation, we are often seen as the anonymously clamorous: bug-eyed and beer-swollen, inert perennials who come to life only as we cheer and jeer the exertions of those who are stronger, fitter, more graceful and bold.&quot;</li><li><strong>On sports again, and life</strong>: &quot;Most of these recollections trace my life as a fan through Chicago&#39;s major sports teams, baseball, football, and basketball, the Cubs, Bears and Bulls. It is also a partial catalog of loves: friends, family (lineal and spiritual), the confluence of faith, theater and politics; and, finally, overall, Chicago.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li><strong>On visiting the old main branch of the Chicago library:</strong> &ldquo;I&#39;d take the steps on a concrete staircase two at a time up to the entrance of the library. There was a reading room on the third floor, overlooking Michigan Avenue, where you could fill out slips to receive softball-sized spools of microfilm that you could thread on a machine with a screen that would show you the pages of old newspapers.&quot;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li><strong>On covering the Gulf War:</strong> &ldquo;The middle of the night during the middle months of covering the war I often twitched sleeplessly in the sleeping bag on the bunker floor on which I was assigned to bed down.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li><strong>On the illness that would take his stepfather, Ralph Newman, a scholar (and former minor-league-baseball player) whose Abraham Lincoln bookstore here was nationally known:</strong> &quot;The intimacy and urgency of his needs dismayed him. Now, he needed help just to attend himself in the bathroom. . . .[A] look of absolute embarrassment would tint and twist his face. It was so unlike any other countenance I had seen in Ralph, it made him almost unrecognizable.&quot;</li></ul><p>These memories come from one of the books that Simon has written, <em>Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan</em>. He has written others, <em>Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball</em>, and the novels <em>Pretty Birds</em> and <em>Windy City</em>.</p><p>We will talk about some of that later and if you need a further inducement to listen to our conversation, we will talk about what it was like for him to have Jack Brickhouse as his godfather.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/scott-simon-speaks-103209 'Afternoon Shift' #171: Odoriferous political machines http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/afternoon-shift-171-odoriferous-political-machines-103239 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Scott Simon Flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-171-odoriferous-political-machine.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-171-odoriferous-political-machine" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #171: Odoriferous political machines" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/afternoon-shift-171-odoriferous-political-machines-103239